I had several projects I intended to work on tonight, but after a moment of moderate 'grrrr' involving my roommate (he's also my ex-husband, how's that for 'grrrr'?), I decided to start work on the following:
A couple days ago, as is my habit, I skimmed the aisles of our local thrift store. (Hey, if you don't look, you can't find, right?) Scored better than usual with a wood jewelry box made in Japan, though by styling it could as easily be middle-eastern. I don't need another jewelry box, especially one with musty mustard-yellow lining and too few drawer dividers, but I really liked the box itself. I'm a bit of a box addict, though I usually manage to resist. I'm envisioning this one eventually holding a collection of natural oddities, misc. keys, or maybe writing materials. Frankly, if I ever get around to accumulating my much desired collection of small mammal skulls, this would be an ideal storage/display box.
To reach that point, I started by grabbing the pliers and ripping out the dividers and ring holders. Quite a bit of the lining came out with them, but the cardboard and adhesive the pseudo-velvet was attached to stuck firm. I've been alternately soaking and scraping to remove those and get to the bare wood. I'd hoped to find my flat razor blade holder to make the job easier, but no such luck. As serendipity often has it, however, my search did turn up the hiding place of my good scissors. I'd hidden them months prior to keep them from the hands of my cluelessly-using-good-scissors-to-cut-wire roommate.
Once I've gotten to bare wood, I'll lightly sand the outside, do some distressed paint treatments, sand again, and probably cover it all with a dark stain for a nice aged 'fresh from the temple' look. I haven't decided yet whether to leave the interior of the drawers plain, decoupage them with an exotic paper or gild them. Right now I'm leaning towards gilding as I love the mental image of lowly organic natural specimens against that luxurious, high-end surface.